Our collective cultural embrace of the Internet, social media, and the litany of mobile devices represents a massive shift in human behavior. Family members text one another from different rooms in the same house. We move about with ear buds in our ears or our thumbs working a mobile keyboard—or both. At any public place with an Internet connection
Laura Shumaker, a mother of three sons in the Bay Area suburbs, noticed recently that her 17-year-old son, John, “was keeping up with friends so much on Facebook that he has become more withdrawn and skittish about face-to-face interactions.”
technology allows them to be connected to their friends around the clock. “I think it’s possible to say that the electronic media is helping kids to be in touch much more and for longer.”
Younger people are more likely to say technology makes an impact – and a positive one at that. Among U.S. residents under 45 years old, 47% say technology improves their relationships, 7% think it hurts them, and 46% believe it makes no difference. Among residents 45 and older, 33% say technology improves their relationships, 5% report it makes them worse, and 63% say it has no impact.
residents are overwhelmingly grateful for their computers, mobile devices and other gadgets in the workplace. 82% of employed U.S. residents say technology makes their jobs at work better, 1% report it makes their jobs worse, and 17% don’t think it makes a difference.
Some researchers believe that the impersonal nature of texting and online communication may make it easier for shy kids to connect with others.
the couple that have an instant connection and rapport, and then fast-forward their relationship to moving in, marriage and/or having kids. They haven’t taken the time to get to know one another and allow things to unfold in a natural and organic way. As a result, they often find they have rushed into a relationship without fully knowing someone.
Technology "allows us to have a spy camera everywhere our significant other is," Aftab said. "And that information can do some serious damage when you no longer care about that person."
When you do care, Kort said, there will always exist a difference between being together through technology and in person.
"Twenty years ago, you'd worry about passing your ex-boyfriend in the hallway at school. Now you don't know what you're going to click on and be reminded of what your ex is up to today."
Recently when he mentioned that it was a friend’s birthday, she recalled, “I said ‘Great, are you going to give him a call and wish him Happy Birthday?’ He said, ‘No, I’m going to put it on his wall’ ” — the bulletin board on Facebook where friends can post messages that others can see.
When was the last time you had a meal together with no distractions? A night you didn’t play on your iPhone or read your iPad in bed? Or a day without technology for that matter? No phones, sms, iPad, emails, DVDs, TV or computers? If that sounds like a strange idea, you’re not alone.
today’s youths may be missing out on experiences that help them develop empathy, understand emotional nuances and read social cues like facial expressions and body language. With children’s technical obsessions starting at ever-younger ages — even kindergartners will play side by side on laptops during play dates — their brains may eventually be rewired and those skills will fade further, some researchers believe.
"They have trouble doing one thing at a time. When they meet friends face to face," Chayko said, "they will be texting at the same time they are with these other kids. They are used to juggling all these interactions, and they are good at it, but there is a loss.
"There is a loss of focus, a loss of reflection. There is a loss of depth."
people are becoming more and more isolated as they increasingly engage with their computers and mobile devices. We’re worried that we are substituting these activities for traditional social behaviors and that our real-life social networks are shrinking and becoming less diverse as we cluster into and communicate with groups of trusted, like-minded others